Monday, 28 January 2008

Achebe comments on IP culture in Nigeria

Vanguard carries an interview with Chidi Chike Achebe, the second son of Chinua and Christie Achebe. Chinua Achebe's novel Things Fall Apart was published 50 years ago this year. When asked, "What do you perceive are the greatest threats to the Nigerian literature and art scene today?", Achebe responded:
"The dearth of a reading culture in Nigeria, the collapse of the publishing industry, piracy and intellectual property theft. There is an incomplete understanding by some in power, that art should be taken seriously, deeply appreciated, and that if well nurtured, talented artists can affect and change the lives of millions, in a very deep and positive way".

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